This is Me, Mayil

Author: Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran Publisher: Tulika Publishers  About the book: Fiercely fun, madly morose and prone to spontaneous combustion — this is Mayil Ganeshan at Not Yet Sixteen. Much like before. But edgier. Older and bolder, the unstoppable ‘Mayilwriter’ rants in rhyme, ponders in verse, and doodles in between. For every moment of […]

Pashmina

Author: Nidhi Chanani Publisher: Macmillan US About the book: A heartfelt young adult graphic novel about an Indian-American teen’s attempt to reconnect with her mother’s homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most […]

Indira

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Author: Devapriya Roy Publisher: Context  About the book: In a government school classroom in Delhi, young Indira Thapa is set an unusual assignment by her favourite teacher: to write an essay around her name. Who was Indira Priyadarshini, the person after whom her grandfather named her? And why her? What is her legacy as India’s […]

Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a Paintbrush

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Author(s): Anita Vachharajani and Kalyani Ganapathy Publisher: Harper Children’s About the book: Anita Vachharajani and Kalyani Ganapathy An artist? A dreamer? A rebel? Who exactly was Amrita Sher-Gil? She was a little bit of all these things, really. Amrita grew up with a great sense of mischief and adventure in two very different worlds, in […]

A Match Made in Mehendi

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Author: Nandini Bajpai Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers About the book: Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole — matchmakers — with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family […]

The Prince 🏆

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Author: Samhita Arni Publisher: Juggernaut  About the book: The famous dancer Madhavi is at the court of the chera king for a grand performance. The kingdom first son, shenguttuvan – The crown prince of the cheras – is getting ready for his engagement to a velir princess. There is celebration in the air. But when […]

The Lies We Tell

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Author: Himanjali Sankar Publisher: Duckbill Books and Publications Private Limited About the book: Seventeen-year-old Irfan Ahmed is handsome, easy-going and deeply in love with his girlfriend, Uma. However, when Uma dumps him for his best friend, Rishi, Irfan’s life begins to unravel.Things haven’t been good at home ever since his sister left. And soon, they […]

Being Gandhi

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Author: Paro Anand Publisher: Harper Children’s  About the book: How many times are kids supposed to study Gandhi? Come September and out comes the bald head wig, round glasses, white dhoti, tall stick … that’s about the extent of how today’s kids engage with the Mahatma. Chandrashekhar is one such teen. Bored by the annual […]

Grit: The Major Story

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Author(s): Major DP Singh , VR Ferose , Sriram Jagannathan Publisher: Hachette India  About the Book: Grit: The Major Story is the true account of a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a hero. Faced with the tragic loss of a limb while serving on the frontlines during the Kargil War, Major Singh’s […]

Somnath Hore: Wounds

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Author: Likla Lall Illustrator: Kripa Bhatia Publisher: Art1st Enterprise About the book: Wounds talks to children about difficult emotions. It brings them closer to the feelings of pain, anger, fear and uncertainty through the life of the eminent artist Somnath Hore. This picture book biography takes you through the sculptor’s and printmaker’s journey with the […]